Apple Ecstasy

As a longtime veggie gardener, I know well the thrill that comes from “growing your own.” But the Zestar apple tree is producing like crazy this year and it has sent me over the moon in a way that tomatoes and zucchini have never done. What fun it is to be muddling in the garden and reach…

Dig me some spuds, you’re the potato man

We visited good friends Jan and Mark Lefebvre (and Jack and Emma) last Sunday at their place near Becker. I would call it a rural estate, a Minnesota plantation, if you will. I profiled Mark and the prairie he is restoring at their home in the Sept/Oct 2011 Northern Gardener magazine. READ THE PROFILE Mark grew…

Our 2 week kitchen remodel continues

Our kitchen remodel is going well. We are finding out that the broad strokes of design… painting the entire room out, staining all the cabinets, and purging the kitchen catch-alls from the cupboards, is somewhat easier to complete. It’s the God-is-in-the-details bits and pieces that finish a room that are easy to get hung up…

Two Week Kitchen Remodel Project Day #1

Most gardeners seem to know their way around the kitchen. The two passions go hand in hand:  grow what you eat, eat what you grow. The sensual, tactile qualities of each activity appeal to a certain kind of  soul. Well, that said, I love to cook and we (me and my partner Jeff) are taking…